A pleasantly mild morning for our 235 runners and walkers today. We were a little short of volunteers so thanks to all those who helped out including a few speedies who finished and then did some scanning for us.
We are facing an unprecedented time and we really appreciate all the volunteers who helped us out at this difficult time. This week's amazing superstars were:
|Run Director||Karl DUNN|
|Finish Tokens||Caroline MCGURRAN|
|Barcode Scanning||Helen HILL|
|Barcode Scanning||Jillian REDPATH|
|Tail Walker||Lynn PHUN|
|Tail Walker||Sean SCULLION|
|Run Report Writer||Gillian MCCRORY|
|Results Processor||Marina MCGURRAN|
|Token Sorting||Jason MCGURRAN|
|Pre-event Setup||Dale MCCRORY|
|Pre-event Setup||Jonathan DEWART|
|Post-event Close Down||Eamon MCGURRAN|
Safety is always our number one concern and we will continue to follow guidance from parkrun HQ regarding City Park parkrun. We did initiate some changes this morning and thanks to everyone for your understanding as we scrapped food, water and our marquee at the end of the run. We had hand sanitisers, the volunteers wore gloves and we had boxes to drop the tokens in rather than our volunteers holding on to them and unfortunately we have also put a halt to hugs and high fives. We are exercising these cautions to try to keep you and your loved ones safe and we may have to take more measures in the coming weeks and months. Please always check our facebook page as we will update it with any changes to our runs.
We had 18 first timers this morning, 15 doing their first ever parkrun, this included a group of graduates from the Southern Health & Social Care Trust C25K, well done and congratulations:
We had a massive 32 PBs this morning, congratulations, you all deserve a treat:
The top 3 males, females and age-grades this week:
David in fantastic form taking over 30 secs off his PB, followed by Peter with a new PB and Conor.
Three very fast ladies too with just 36 secs separating Hayley, Jillian and Agnieszka.
The top 2 boys were joined by King Ken in the age grades podium.
We had 3 milestones today and for the first time ever no cake to celebrate, once we are out the other side of this COVID-19 City Park parkrun will throw a massive party to celebrate all these achievements. Congratulations to Madeleine IRWIN who has completed 50 runs, Gemma FIELDS finishing her 150th run and our very own Jonny 'JD' Dewart who has now completed an astonishing 300 parkrun, phenomenal:
We had some issues with people finishing their runs and then coming back across the finish line again this morning, can we please remind everyone to only cross once. Also if you are accompanying someone but don't want to take part or get a token please do not enter the finish zone. Thanks for your understanding.
I'm sure some people have seen our facebook post this morning. We had a complaint about runners taking up the whole path and bumping into someone and a lady with a pushchair not being given any room and having to leave the path. City Park is a beautiful area and we are very lucky to be able to have our run there, but we do not have exclusive use of it. As the weather gets nicer more and more people will be out around the lakes in the morning, please respect all users and always give way to other people on the paths. If you see someone coming towards you, please call out to the runners around you to let them know and advise everyone to move to one side of the path. That way we can all continue to use and share this lovely facility.
Lurgan junior parkrun is on tomorrow in Lurgan park at 9.30am for any children aged 4-14, hope to see some of our younger runners there. Until next week please stay safe and keep washing your hands and keep an eye on our facebook page for any changes we may need to make.